CFHS code : AG423

Parish : St Andrew the Great

Inscription : In Loving Memory of WILLIAM DIXON student of Christs College Cambridge who drowned at Grantchester on 13 Feb 1869 aged 22

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202943, 0.13682879 – click here for location

Dixon grave
Dixon headstone


Taking the east/west path from the west path towards the centre circle the headstone is roughly seven rows east and seven rows to the north.


In Loving Memory of WILLIAM DIXON student of Christs College Cambridge
Who was drowned at Grantchester on the 13th day of February 1869 aged 22 years

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William Dixon (c 1847/8 – 1869)

William was born in London, possibly the son of William, an author and Mary Ann.  He was admitted as a pensioner to Christ’s College at the age of 20 on October 9 1868 and matriculated at Michaelmas of that year.
It is thought that at the time of his death he was an orphan. He did not live in college but at 65 Regent Street. It is presumed he was lodging with William and Elisa Finlay who occupied that house at the time.
At the inquest his friend, Mr. Charles Frederick Booty, explained that they had gone down to Grantchester in a small boat but the river was in flood and coming back they hit the bank and fell out. Despite his best efforts Mr Booty was unable to save William, who was not a strong swimmer. The accident occurred on Saturday February 13th but the body was not found until Monday morning. William’s pocket watch had stopped at 3.50.

The probate record shows that before coming to Cambridge he had worked at the Westminster Fire Office in London. His executor was Edwin Rowley of 50 High Street Southwark, who was a grocer and tea dealer. He left less than £7,000.

Sources :

Probate record – Ancestry

A full report of the inquest in the Cambridge Chronicle can be read here –

ACAD – A Cambridge Alumni Database

By Sheila Plaister, Mary Naylor and Claire Martinsen

William Dixon